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Avoid Unnecessary Tech Implementations

Mukund Prasad
Director-Group HR, Business transformation & Group CIO-Welspun Group
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mukund Prasad
$3.5 billion worth Welspun Group is a conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai and has registered a CAGR of 30 percent over the last decade. The BSE listed group of companies has its presence in the business verticals of Pipes, Plates & Coils, Home Textiles, Steel, Infrastructure and Energy respectively.

Companies are at a certain level in adoption of technology. In the current industrial scenario the degrees of technological adoption in an organization are structurally organized into primitive, moderate and advanced. Mostly the basics of technology are presumed to be covered in the moderate organizations as a medium level of adoption is sufficient for proper functioning of an organization. There are a few necessary requirements for any company. The elemental needs of computerization are in the form of LAN, WAN , data centre connectivity, virtualization, video conferencing mobility and a few more.

However, with respect to uniformity in technological applications, the law of integration in mid sized organizations is poor. Most of the companies are striving for concatenation of the processes related to (for example) a new life cycle management, supply chain and the customer relationship management with the suppliers and clients. In any model of technology adoption, the basic challenge faced is in the usage of technology. Proper investments also play a very prominent role with the same.

Within Wellspun, a keen analysis of the IT systems planning showed that there were too many details to focus on. The technological adoption within the conglomerate’s own manpower would have taken around seven years to finish. Hence an outsourcing IT company was hired to help in this endeavor. Many hardware devices needed to be refreshed and licensing issues needed to be solved, hence there was a clear intention to raise the bar of this technology with respect to hardware upgrades and licensing issues.

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